Porcelain veneers and lumineers are designed to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between two teeth
Veneers to Make Your Teeth Straighter & Whiter
Correcting Teeth with Lumineers
Veneers are used to improve the appearance of the front surface of the teeth. They make your teeth straighter and whiter.
What are Veneers made of?
They are made of thin, custom- made shells. Furthermore, they are crafted using tooth-colored materials, which are carefully selected to match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth.
High-quality veneers are usually made of porcelain. Resistant to staining and very durable, veneers made of porcelain have the translucency of natural tooth enamel.
What aesthetic dental problems do veneers fix?
Veneers are used to address discolored teeth, worn down teeth, chipped or broken teeth, uneven or irregularly-shaped teeth and gaps between teeth. Compared to bonding, veneers are stronger and consequently, they last longer. Also, they exhibit better color stability than bonding.
Getting veneers – what is the procedure?
Getting a veneer usually takes two to three visits.
In preparation for the veneers, the dentist trims a small amount of the tooth’s enamel to accommodate the shell. This process is relatively painless; however, local anesthesia may be used to minimize pain and sensitivity.
After the tooth is prepared, a mold or an impression of your tooth is taken. The impression is sent to a laboratory where a dental technician creates the veneers. While waiting for the permanent veneers, you will be provided with temporaries.
In a week or two, placement of the veneers is done. Before bonding the veneers, the dentist carefully evaluates its fit and color to ensure that they meet set standards. If the veneers pass the evaluation, the dentist prepares for the placement procedure by thoroughly cleaning the tooth.
To improve the adhesion of the veneer, the surface of the tooth is roughened. Then, the veneer is bonded onto the tooth with the help of dental cement. A special light beam is used to harden the cement quickly.
A follow-up visit is scheduled a few weeks after the procedure for the dentist to check on the veneers.
Lumineers are special or unique veneers designed to be ultra-thin and highly translucent. As Lumineers are as thin as contact lens (or approximately about 0.2 mm), their placement requires little or no tooth reduction unlike in the placement of traditional veneers.
This also means that natural teeth remain intact making this procedure reversible; hence, you can opt to remove the Lumineers when you want to.
Why Lumineers are an excellent choice
- Lumineers are highly translucent; thus, they are able to replicate the natural appearance of tooth enamel.
- Although they are ultra-thin, Lumineers are extra strong. As a testament to their durability, with proper dental care, they can last over 20 years.
- Since little to no tooth shaving is necessary, the Lumineers procedure is generally painless and comfortable.
It is important to note, however, that expertise in this procedure is necessary for the process to be convenient for patients and the results to be successful. This is why it is imperative for the procedure to be done by a Certified Lumineers Dentist.
Here at 7 Day Dental, we have Certified Lumineers Dentists experienced in performing this procedure. We specialize in porcelain veneers and Lumineers and can help you choose the right restoration for your most dazzling smile.
How are Lumineers better than Veneers?
Much like traditional veneers, Lumineers can fix various aesthetics-related dental problems like eliminating spaces and gaps between teeth and restoring chipped teeth.
They also reshape small or misshapen teeth, align crooked teeth, renew dental work and brighten/whiten discolored or stained teeth.
The procedure for getting Lumineers
The Lumineers procedure requires two visits; placement of Lumineers usually happens on the second visit. Typically, the first visit is dedicated to the creation of an accurate mold and selection of a shade that matches your teeth. Because little or no tooth reduction is required, it is not necessary to get a temporary shell while waiting for custom Lumineers.
When your custom Lumineers are ready, their fit and shade are examined before application. Moderate etching of the teeth is done as a preparation for the placement of the Lumineers.
The application process usually takes an hour. You may be required to see your dentist for a follow-up check-up a few weeks after the procedure.
7 Day Dental has the best cosmetic dentists in Orange County. They are highly trained and experienced in providing customized porcelain veneers and lumineers to give you a brilliant smile.